On the homefront - About the middle of January my computer told me BACK UP NOW, Your Hard Drive is broken.
Yep - you got it. I didn't back up. I now have a new computer, but I've been unsuccessful in accessing my broken computer. I've not given up yet, even though I'm frustrated beyond explanation. (All of my pictures of my babies might be lost - yes, I am more sick about this than the loss of my books.)
Since I've gotten my new computer I've been trying to learn the different programs that came with it. I no longer have Microsoft Word and am learning Pages and Numbers instead of Word and Excel. They are very similar, but still...
We've been dealing with cold weather this year. I'm considering making some strawberry jam in the middle of winter to remind me warmer weather will come. Some of you might know we lost a couple of our huge trees to a storm in October. The main tree has been cut up and most of it pulled off of the garage, but the clean up is going to probably take all spring and all summer. I need to get out and take more pictures since I no longer have any. *pouts*
In my book world - For those of you worried about book five. It was mostly unaffected because it's still mostly in the outlining and planning stages, and what I did have written is easily recalled. I keep getting ideas of things I want to incorporate into the story and I find myself plotting in my head or ACTUAL paper (or my white board.)
Also, in the bookish world - I've been asked to do a presentation for a local writers group on self-publishing. I'm excited and nervous. By the time you read this I will have already presented. At least they won't be handing me a microphone. I've found I'm okay at speaking to crowds, unless you hand me a microphone. Go figure. I'm hoping this presentation goes great and helps some more of our local authors find their footing in the publishing world.
After publishing Traces I took a short break to do some reading and read SEEKer by R. Mac Wheeler, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the Divergent series by Veronica Rath, The Tiger - Deadly if Aroused by Patrick Phelps, and My Mr. Rochester (a five part serial - part five yet to be released) by L.K. Rigel. I enjoyed them all, but the only one I will not read again will be the Divergent series.
I still have tons of books to read, but the next ones on my list are:
SEEKer 2 by R. Mac Wheeler (I adore the characters in this series and REALLY need to get off my butt and read it)
Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell (I've already read this one, but it's out in audio now and it's waiting to take me away again)
And then we have the one I WILL read while I'm writing because it's for research (and entertainment) Civilian Warriors by Erik Prince. I have this one on audio as well and have already started it. I'm enjoying it so far. I've always been interested in Private Military Corporations and BlackWater in particular. I once wrote a short online article about BlackWater and the firearms training classes they offer. See that article here.
And here ends my progress update. Not a lot to report, but I am still here and plodding along.